A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 28
Sunday Worship
Holy Communion at both services, Baptism @ 9 a.m.
Text: Revelation 22:1-5, Psalm 148
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
"The Doxology of Creation"
Music: Swing Central Jazz Band @ 9 a.m.,
Quadrilateral Quartet @ 10:30 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
New Beginnings at First

During May we are seeking $60,000 in special contributions to support the new beginnings in ministry at First Church. Every member and friend will have the opportunity to make a financial commitment to the New Beginnings Fund Appeal. Please prayerfully consider what you can give to help meet our goal. New Beginnings commitment cards will be received during worship on May 15.
Thanks from Lyons Lecture Committee

This year's Lyons Lecture was a strong success. Dr. Diana Eck gave us much to think about in regard to being pluralistic in our approach to other religions and beliefs. Reciprocally, we were delighted to hear her parting comments about how thoroughly she enjoyed being with us for the weekend. She characterized FUMC as full of energy and vitality! This is in no small part because of the active interest and participation in the Lyons Lectures, but also because of the other FUMC activities she heard about and saw while here and to which she made reference. The members of the Lyons Committee thank you for all of this!
Vacation Bible School
June 13-16 @ 5-7:30 p.m.,
James Madison Park

Vacation Bible School is right around the corner! Our theme this year is "Abundance Orchard," a curriculum sponsored by the Society of St. Andrew, an intentional community dedicated to feeding America's hungry. Throughout the week, we will learn about the meals Jesus shared with friends and strangers alike. As we experience these types of meals we will learn ways in which we can share food with those who need it most, both inside and outside our community. Look for the signup table in the Octagon from 10-10:30 a.m. this Sunday.
Keith Findley Receives Award from The Crossing

Last Friday, Keith Findley received the annual Cecil Findley Award for service. The award, given by The Crossing, was established in memory of the Rev. Cecil Findley, long-time attendee and adult education teacher at FUMC and Keith's father.  This award is given to individuals who have worked to promote Cecil's vision of a peaceful and just society for all.  

Helen Findley, J. Manny Santiago (The Crossing Executive Director) and Keith Findley.

FUMC Hosts Foot Care Clinic for the Homeless

Check out today's Isthmus article. Besides providing space for the monthly clinic,  Karen Andro, our director of outreach ministries,  is a member of the collaborative community partnership with the Madison Area Care for the Homeless OneHealth (MACH), a volunteer group of health care professionals and others.
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Opal Orth, Curtis Wittwer, Bob Kramer, Mary Andreas,
Leah Sailor, Abby Ehlers, Marcia Grothaus.
We offer our prayers and condolences to Judy Metz and her family upon the death of Judy's mother, Joan Miller, on Monday, April 25.
FUMC Spring Bike Ride
Sunday, May 1 @ 2 p.m.
An intergenerational bike ride to celebrate creation together! 10-12 miles long on area bike paths. Meet in the Turville Park parking lot off John Nolan Drive (south of Olin Park parking lot).
More Details > 
A Season of Creation: Sunday, May 1
  • In Fellowship Hall: Free seed packets, information about climate justice, energy use, recycling and more.
  • "Painting the Stars" @ 10:30 a.m., Chapel More Info >
Prayer Shawl Ministry Team
Monday, May 2 @ 2 p.m., Chapel
Meet at Imperial Garden West (2039 Allen Blvd., Middleton) for lunch and conversation.
Co-Ed Softball Signup
Help the FUMC Flying Angels defend their 2015 league title! Contact Seth Schroerlucke (608.338.0158) for more info by April 30.
Distinguished Lecture Series:
War Against the People: An Evening with Jeff Halper
Wednesday, May 4 @ 7 p.m.
DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery, 330 N. Orchard
Nobel Peace Prize nominated human rights activist, anthropologist and co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) Jeff Halper will discuss issues raised in his book  War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification . Event co-sponsored by the Crossing and other local organizations.

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